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Orange CERT: SEVERE STORM WARNING ISSUED- ARE YOU READY?

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Sep 082017
 

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) asks, are you ready? We would like to help you with a simple, yet very important part of being ready, putting together your Disaster Supply Kit.

Disaster preparedness is no longer just for areas prone to earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. When an event such as the severe weather we recently experienced hits all bets are off. You may need to survive on your own after a disaster, meaning having enough of your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 3 days. Local emergency personnel, officials, and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Help could be there in hours, or it might take days. Basic services like electricity, gas, water, and phones may be cut off and you may need to evacuate to a local shelter. This is when your personal Disaster Supply Kit is important and invaluable. It’s basic, easy to assemble and prepare. Orange CERT offers you some guidance on putting one together and where to keep it.

What is the kit? It’s a collection of basic items that members of you and your family may need in the event of a disaster. Below is the basic list to assist you.

 Three-day supply of non-perishable food, per person, per day.
 Three-day supply of water-one gallon per person, per day.
 Portable, battery powered radio or television and extra batteries.
 Flashlight and extra batteries.
 First aid kit and manual.
 Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
 Matches and waterproof container.
 Whistle (this will help to Alert your location to emergency personnel) if needed.
 Extra clothing.
 Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener.
 Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
 Cash and coins.
 Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
 Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
 Items for your pets, such as food, water, leash, medications.
 Other items to meet your unique family needs.

Keep all your items in an air-tight, waterproof easy-to-carry container, such as a storage bin or rubber/plastic trash can, in an easy to reach designated location to have ready quickly. Make sure all family members know where it is kept.

Once you’ve assembled and placed your kit in that location, there is something you must remember to do. Check it periodically. Replace any damaged items or expired food items. Change stored water and food every 6 months. It’s a good idea to re-think your needs each year and update your kit as your family needs change.

Winter Storm Coming: Be Prepared

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Jan 252015
 

B8IgpEyCYAMfwEkGovernor Dannel Malloy urges residents to have an emergency supply kit handy in preparation for the upcoming storm and whatever it brings with it.

Here is what should be included in the kit:

One gallon of bottled water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for you and your pet

A three-day supply of prescription medication

Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

Flashlight and extra batteries

First aid kit

A whistle to signal for help

Moist towelettes

Plastic trash bags and ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Manual can opener

Local maps

Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Extra fuel (stored in a safe container) for the power generator

 

Stay Warm

In addition, since we live in a cold weather climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat.

Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies to account for growing children and other family changes.

One complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person, including:

A jacket or coat

Long pants

A long sleeve shirt

Sturdy shoes

A hat and gloves

A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

 

Make a kit for your pet

If you must leave your home and seek shelter at the High Plains Community Center, where they accept pets, you should consider making an emergency kit for your pet.

Keep an Evac-Sack (or pillow case) and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:

Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)

Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include, or visit the ASPCA Store to buy one online)

3-7 days-worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)

Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)

Litter or paper toweling

Liquid dish soap and disinfectant

Disposable garbage bags for clean-up

Pet feeding dishes

Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash

Bottled water, at least 7 days’ worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)

A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet

Flashlight

Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)

Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)

Especially for cats: Pillowcase or Evac-Sack, toys, scoopable litter

Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner

Source: ASPCA.org